I have been trying to set up a laptop wireless router system in my home and have been having trouble with the connecting process. I have COX cable (cox.net) for my Internet provider and have a 700Kbs connection. I am using a Netopia (3387WG) router. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9400 running a 1390 WLAN mini-card, a Broadcom 440x 10/100 integrated controller and a 1394 net adapter. All are internal.
When I try to connect my laptop will search for the connection for up to an hour before it connects and obtains a Gateway IP address. This is with me sitting within a few feet of the router, and I can be father away but I still get the long wait. Sometimes it connects and shows the client IP and the Gateway IP but won't let me connect to the Internet, like it hasn't established a connection even though it says it has. The Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility that I use to control the software has a signal and a noise meter in it so you can establish the quality and strength of the signal. Here is a shot of it while it is searching for the connection:
And here is a shot of the signal after it has connected:
Once I am connected it seems to work fine. The connection seems stable and fast enough and it doesn't drop out. The problem is establishing the connection. I am using encrypted router protocol and if I use it as open I still have the same issues. Anybody got any suggestions for me? Thanks.